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“The International Criminal Court and the Crime of Aggression”
War Crimes Research Symposium presented by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Co-sponsored by
Wolf Family Foundation, International Bar Association, American Society of International Law, International Association of Penal Law (American National Section), International Law Association (American Branch), The Planethood Foundation, Robert H. Jackson Center, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy.
SEP 26, 2008
8:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Moot Courtroom

Sixty years ago, the Nuremberg Tribunal convicted the Nazi leaders of waging a war of aggression, prompting Nuremberg Prosecutor Robert Jackson to declare that this was the most important contribution of the Nuremberg Tribunal. Until the advent of the International Criminal Court, however, none of the modern international tribunals had been given jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. But the ICC Statute stipulates that before the Court can exercise jurisdiction over this crime the States Parties must adopt a provision at the Review Conference (scheduled for 2010) setting forth a definition of aggression and the conditions under which the Court could exercise its jurisdiction over it. The ICC Assembly of State Parties has set up a Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, whose work is in progress, but the United States has refused to participate in the proceedings.

In an effort to advance the initiative, Case Western Reserve University’s Frederick K. Cox International law Center and the above named co-sponsors are hosting a symposium and experts meeting, featuring foremost academic and international experts on the topic of the ICC and the Crime of Aggression. The Report of the Experts Meeting, along with articles generated from the symposium, will be published in the spring 2009 issue of the Case Western Journal of International Law, copies of which will be provided to the participants of the ICC Special Working Group and the members of the Assembly of State Parties.
Speaker Information
Stefan BarrigaStefan Barriga
Counsellor/Legal Adviser, Permanent Mission of Lichtenstein to the U.N.

M. Cherif BassiouniM. Cherif Bassiouni
DePaul University College of Law
Symposium Co-Chair

Roger ClarkRoger Clark
Rutgers University School of Law

Mark DrumblMark Drumbl
Washington and Lee University College of Law

Mark EllisMark Ellis
Executive Director, International Bar Association
Symposium Co-Chair

Ben FerenczBen Ferencz
former Nuremberg prosecutor

Don FerenczDon Ferencz
President of the Planethood Foundation
Symposium Co-Chair

Henry KingHenry King
former Nuremberg prosecutor

Elise Leclerc-GagnéElise Leclerc-Gagné
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Lawrence M. MayLawrence M. May
Professor of Philosophy
Washington University, Saint Louis

Roger ClarkSean Murphy
George Washington University School of Law

Michael NewtonMichael Newton
Vanderbilt University School of Law

Gregory PetersonGregory Peterson
Chairman of the Board
Robert H. Jackson Center

Keith PettyCaptain Keith Petty
Office of Military Commissions

Christopher M. RassiChristopher M. Rassi
Former legal officer to Chambers and the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Astrid Reisinger CoraciniAstrid Reisinger Coracini
University of Graz, Austria

William SchabasWilliam Schabas
Irish Centre for Human Rights
Symposium Co-Chair

David SchefferDavid Scheffer
Northwestern University School of Law, former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues

Oscar SoleraOscar Solera
author of the book Defining the Crime of Aggression (2007)

Christian WenaweserAmbassador Christian Wenaweser (Liechtenstein)
President of the ICC Assembly of State Parties

Elizabeth WilmshurstElizabeth Wilmshurst
Head of International Law, Chatham House; former Deputy Legal Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Great Britain)

Additional Information
Open to the public at no cost. Up to 7 hours of CLE credit will be available for a $200 fee, for lawyers who attend.

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Supplemental Readings:
· Speaker Bios
· ICC-Aggression bibliography
· UN Historical Review
· June 07 Intersessional Meeting
· Report of Special Working Group
· Crime Against Peace
· 60 Years in the Making
· Government Core Duties
· Crime of Aggression before 1st Review
· Rome of the ICC

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